The Lawrence Hall of Science delivered two science-focused activities at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013. This was the Hall’s fourth time attending the event on the South Lawn of the White House, and it is an incredible honor to be asked to return to represent science learning.
Responding to the Obama administration’s focus on science and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, the Hall teamed up with kids and families to design paper bag kites and then run like the wind to see how high they fly. Families also made paper bunny copters, which demonstrate principles of flight and lift, as they twirl after being thrown.
More Great Ways to Have Fun with Science!
Scientists are always trying out their own ideas and making up new designs. Once you have the basics, you can experiment and design your own paper bag kites! How big can the bag be? How important are the streamer tails? How high will it fly? What kind of string works best?
Here are three flight-related activities from howtosmile.org, a great web site for locating science & math hands-on activities.
How high can you fly? Build and test an airplane wing with some paper, cardboard, skewers, and a fan.
Create airplanes from straws and geometric shapes. Test them out to see how far they can fly, or how accurately they can be aimed.
With little more than a plastic bottle, some vinyl tubing, and a length of PVC pipe, make a rocket and a rocket launcher and investigate how rockets fly.